Family Genealogy Research

Please find my collection of genealogy materials organized by family surname in the following pages.  Some of the research I inherited from my grandmother, Carrie Jean Goodman Ferguson and other materials I have found either in courthouses, old houses, books, or on the Internet. The surnames I research are: Anderson, Cockerham, Evans, Ferguson, Goodman, Potter, Thomas, and Wood.  I have other families that I research who are closely related to mine.  They are Ward, Patterson, Frazier, and Davis. Enjoy! And let me know if you have something to add or correct!  

  • Anderson,  Family Genealogy Research

    1875 Sworn Letter to State of Texas by Oliver Hazzard Anderson

    O.H. Anderson Letter to State Background The Anderson Family is a pretty cool branch of our family tree.  John Anderson was born in Scotland and emigrated to the American colonies.  He and his sons fought on the side of the rebellious colonist.  John Anderson and his son (Scarlet, I believe) were killed during this conflict.  His son Bailey Anderson appears to be an adventurous hero in the making.  He fought in three or four colonies during the American Revolution.  He was a spy.  He moved to the area that is now Kentucky and served in the state legislature there.  He moved into what is now Indiana and was one of…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Frazier,  Wood

    Jane Mason Wood and Monroe Frazier Family Information

    Background and/or Disclaimer I don’t have a lot of information on family lines other than the Fergusons.  I have poked around and tried to see what I can find, but a great deal of my success depends on what their descendants have shared and whether or not they remained in the Hill County area. If you have more information on the Frazier line, please, please please share it with me so that I can add to this line and make any corrections!  It is so important that we begin to collect and publish this information.  I wish I had done more while my grandmother was alive!  But…I can’t go back…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    11 Sept 1862 John Wood Letter to Sister Jeanette Wood

    Background John writes home to his sister, Jeanette Wood.  He mentions sister Isabella (Bell) in the letter.  He is in Arkansas when he writes this letter.  He has mentioned this before, but he tells that he is sending money home.  I always wonder if this is because the financial situation was dire at home or only if he didn’t really have use for the money while he was off fighting. The Letter Jeanette Wood September the 11, 1862 Camp Camdan I now take opportunity of writing to you a few lines to let you know I am well at present.  All of the Boys are well.  My horse is fat. …

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    20 May 1863 Letter Describing the Battle of Cape Giradeau, MO John Wood to His Mother

    Background I have tried to not change the spelling John used when he wrote.  I find it charming, but there are times when his spelling makes it difficult to understand what he is trying to say.  There are several examples below. Mossourey is Missouri. Cape Jeradouk is, I believe, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  There was a battle fought here just prior to this letter being written.  I think it is of this battle that John writes home to his mother about. John writes that “we come down langelle”.  I don’t know what langelle is or if I even have the word correctly transcribed.  Another mystery for another day… I would like…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson

    Crazy Jane’s Obituary and the End of R.A. Ferguson’s C5 Brand

    Background Robert Andrew Ferguson, R.A., Uncle Bob, the C5 Horse and Cattle Man…Grandpa Ferguson.  Whatever name you think he went by, he was a big deal in the part of Hill County.  He made his fortune in the gold fields of California and invested his gold in horses.  R.A. was supposed to have had more horses under brand than any man in the world and his obituary indicated that he kept them long past the time when he could work them.  He just loved his horses and spent a good deal of his fortune in his later years for the privilege to have them.  R.A. donated the land for what…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    Hugh Wood Letter to His Mother, Isabella Wood 12 July 1857

    Background Hugh Wood, son of James and Isabella, was born in Scotland in 1834.  He is maybe one of the more tragic figures in our family.  His letters are filled with a longing for home and he tends to be pretty hard on himself…talking about his failures and trials.  I am still working on what happened to him and will let you all know when I have the answer. The Letter Paducah, Ky 12 July 1857 My Dear Mother, I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know where and how I am after the failure of our expedition to Nicaragua.  I felt ashamed to…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Ferguson,  Frazier,  Patterson,  Ward,  Wood

    Jane Patterson 1910 “Early Reminiscences” Hillsboro Mirror

    Background Jane Wood Frazier Patterson was interviewed in the spring of 1910, and gave her memories of her life.  There are some errors in the letter.  A few include the story about the family in Leon County.  I refer you to the letter written by Isabella Riddell Wood about their journey to  Ft. Graham.  This articles also states that brother Hugh left for the Gold Fields of California was never heard from since.  We have letters from Hugh so…I don’t know about the “never hearing from him again” unless he went to California almost a decade after the Gold Rush.  Our letters stop before the start of the Civil War. …

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    Hugh Wood’s Letter to his Mother, Isabella Wood 13 May 1857 New Orleans, LA

    Background Hugh was the oldest of the Wood’s son and was the first to leave home in search of his fortune.  Hugh’s letters show that he was desperately trying to find a place for himself.  There was an economic disaster in the United States during this time period and that may account for why he had so much trouble finding work.  He talks about his desire to come home in almost every letter and also of his love of his family.  I keep wondering why he left in the first place and why he didn’t come home when he had the opportunities to do so. While reading the letters of…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    John Wood Letter to His Mother, Isabella Wood, 21 March (no year given)

    Background John Wood was born in 1841 in Scotland.  He joined the CSA and wrote back to his family until his death.  This letter is incomplete and the year date is missing.   The Letter March the 21   Dear Mother, I received your letter the other day.  I was very glad to hear from home and to hear that you was well. We have got to___________________________ (Junebluff?) now and will be ordered away before long.  I don’t now where too.  I got in here yesterday.  There was a man shot for deserting.  I went out and saw him.  It was a dreadful sight.  Had to kneel down in front…

  • Family Genealogy Research,  Wood

    John Wood Letter to his Mother, Isabella Wood 8 September 1863

    Background John Wood was born in Scotland in 1841 and was about 10 years old when they emigrated to Texas.  He joined the Confederate forces with his brothers-in-law in Hill County, Texas and went off to war. The Letter September the 8th, 1863   Dear Mother, I take the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know how I’m getting along.  I’m well now but have been sick.  There is a great deal of sickness in our regiment now.  Out of 800 there is not more than one hundred able for duty.  Mem Murphy & Bob Frazier is in the country sick.  I’ve got nothing new…